Military Family Appreciation Month: Meet the Bennett Family

During the month of November—Military Family Appreciation Month—we’re honoring and recognizing all military families for the incredible sacrifices they make for their loved one in uniform.

Today, we’re introducing you to the Bennett Family.

SMSgt Bradley Bennett and his wife, Amy Bennett, like to describe their family as a “cobbled together cacophonous gang comprised of biological and adoptive members.” The Bennetts and their four boys, Camon, Caleb, Ethan, and Lucas, are an Air Force family with a history of military service on both sides of their family trees.

Brad is an active duty member of the Air Force and is currently stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, where he is a Singing Sergeant. Amy, a graduate student finishing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, recently received a scholarship from NMFA to help offset the cost of her higher education. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Traumatology, where she’ll focus her research on the relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide.

The Bennetts are a uniquely pieced-together family, as they like to say, with adoption being part of their family story. The navigate daily life while dealing with issues related to severe pre-adoption abuse and the recent diagnosis of their youngest “miracle” son, Lucas, with a rare genetic disorder which requires the medical supervision of 12 specialists.

Together, the family enjoys music, sports, fishing, and art.


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Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center's staff is dedicated to providing every camper an opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and cared about as a member of the summer camp community. Creating friendships and a sense of safety are as important to us as the activities we teach. Our vision is to establish an enjoyable and exciting summer camp program that contributes to the development of each camper's character, along with the development of important life skills. Our summer camp experience enables campers to learn these skills while doing a variety of traditional summer camp activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, learning about nature, team challenge course, sports and games, arts and crafts, and archery. Eastern 4-H Center is also outfitted with modern recreational facilities and lodgings to make campers feel comfortable during their stay. We hope your camper will join us for a fun filled week.

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